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Epiphany-esque-ish

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Do any of you enjoy having MDD?

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The last year

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Creative con, books, and Grimm blog #4

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Causes and Cure

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Lost & Found

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Introversion, Insomnia and MD

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This is just...

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Plays, Week entry, and cool things. blog #3

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21 days

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i want to live..........,!

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Epiphany-esque-ish

My brain does this thing where it likes to take my life's goodness and connect it via an intricate mental spiderweb to sin, evil, and damnation.  At least, that's the way I view it some of the time.  The rest of the time, I view it as my brain Discovering The Truth saving me from possible destruction.  Either way, it's a hard way to live.  The world has a tendency to grow smaller when your brain's favorite hobby is "Find the Contaminating Evil in Life!" It seems to get worse when I'm excited…See More
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cltreader commented on Wendy Rose's blog post Causes and Cure
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Gwenevere replied to GM's discussion Repetitive Motion: How and When Did You Stop?
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"Me too. The life I have in my daydreams would probably seem normal, plain, and boring to most people but it's way better than than my reality. I have delusions of normalcy."
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Repetitive Motion: How and When Did You Stop?

Hi, I'm a newbie here, obviously. I'm here because I found an on-line article about maladaptive daydreaming while searching for something else, and it was a perfect description of me.I joined this forum because it appears that this is a closed forum where the only other people here are those who are in the same boat as me.I don't have a problem admitting to maladaptive daydreaming, but there is one aspect of it that I want to bury deep and forget about, and that's "repetitive motion".I even…See More
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.

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Repetitive Motion: How and When Did You Stop?

Started by GM. Last reply by Kay M 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

Hi, I'm a newbie here, obviously. I'm here because I found an on-line article about maladaptive daydreaming while searching for something else, and it was a perfect description of me.I joined this forum because it appears that this is a closed forum…Continue

I wish my dream world was my reality...

Started by sheena. Last reply by Wendy Rose 14 hours ago. 7 Replies

I hate my real life. I sometimes think that somehow god got it wrong and I was suppose to be born in a different family, different country and maybe even a different time. My dream life is there for me when I need to forget that my real life exists.…Continue

Does anyone know?

Started by Adriene. Last reply by fantastor yesterday. 448 Replies

Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue

Two personalities?

Started by Elisabeth. Last reply by Elisabeth yesterday. 2 Replies

           Has anyone felt as though they have a personality that they act out in real life but that their true personality is the one they act out in their daydreams?  I have thought this for a long time.  It first occurred to me in 5th grade that…Continue

Tags: loneliness, with, coping, personality

Is there a time of day when your MDD is worse?

Started by cltreader. Last reply by FunAtmosphere yesterday. 7 Replies

OK, so it's getting a little late here as I am typing this.  Too late to get out and go anywhere to get a change of scenery.  I am stuck in a daydream that is really starting to take over all of my waking hours. It's getting to be a problem. I am…Continue

When DD brings misery. How do you get out of it?

Started by Rebecca. Last reply by Rebecca yesterday. 4 Replies

I've had a fairly involved DD story that began nearly 2 years ago. I tend to only focus on it at night when things are quiet. This story has brought me a lot of enjoyment and my character (seen through my eyes) is one of my personal favorites. I've…Continue

Tags: sadness, loss

Im not the only one then?

Started by Kay M. Last reply by Kay M on Monday. 2 Replies

I found this from an article a friend who is into psychology posted it on Facebook, and I then realised I was not alone. I have been daydreaming since I was small. There was one point as a teenager where I didn't do anything else, but now I am…Continue

Emotions

Started by Ana. Last reply by The1andonlyAbber on Monday. 4 Replies

What kind of emotion do you feel while daydreaming? I know many people (me also) can feel the emotions of the caracter they are creating. But when you are daydreaming, you know this is not real, so you feel this emotions not as strong as real ones,…Continue

What helps?

Started by Cordellia Amethyste Rose. Last reply by Wendy Rose on Sunday. 157 Replies

Now that we've had some time to think about this & discuss it, let's start creating a plan to help.  Let's try and make a list that we can refer to & refer others to.  Here's my question:What helps? Not just what helps you stop…Continue

Tags: daydreaming, fantasy, Maladaptive, Daydreaming, MD

I need some help

Started by Waterfall_Lily. Last reply by sheena on Sunday. 3 Replies

Hey guys, I'm new to this place and only just realized this existed over a week ago. I'll keep this short and sweet although its probably nothing you haven't heard before. I've been what I found out is MD for nearly 16 years and from what I can…Continue

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    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.
    Pros:

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    Cons:
    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -forgetful
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    daydreaming.
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    help.
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    -Distraction
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    focused.
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    tired.
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.

    -Meditation

    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.

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